UPS AND DOWNS
Two reports released last month shed light on Qatar's competitiveness and innovation. While the country leads the region in the former and is steadily improving, there is much left to be desired in its push towards innovation.
The Global Innovation Index ranked Qatar in 50th place, behind Saudi Arabia (43) and the United Arab Emirates (47) and mentioned that these countries (in addition to Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait) show below-par performances compared to their income levels. The report listed out some of the countries strengths and weakness as mentioned here (the list is not exhaustive).